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The Old Man and the Sea: Summary, Characters & Themes

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What are two main themes conveyed in 'The Old Man and the Sea'?

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1. What is one way in which Santiago demonstrates his determination while at sea?

2. Give an example that conveys the theme of religion connecting people to the cyclical nature of life.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the synopsis and themes of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Some topics you'll be assessed on include identifying how the theme of religion is exemplified in the novel as well as relating Hemingway's minimalist writing style to The Old Man and the Sea.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Through these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Two main themes in The Old Man and the Sea
  • One way Santiago demonstrates his determination while at sea
  • Religion exemplified as a theme connecting people to the cyclical nature of life
  • Getting a glimpse into Hemingway's mind
  • Describing Hemingway's minimalist style

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the synopsis and themes of The Old Man and the Sea
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the theme of religion in The Old Man and the Sea
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Hemingway's life and any possible connection it might have with The Old Man and the Sea
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Hemingway's minimalist style of writing

Additional Learning

To learn more about the life and works of Ernest Hemingway, review the accompanying lesson, The Old Man and the Sea: Summary, Characters & Themes. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know two important themes of The Old Man and the Sea
  • Relate the general plot of The Old Man and the Sea
  • Tell how Hemingway's life and thoughts may be evident in The Old Man and the Sea
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